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Gary Cooper (High Noon), Fredric March (The Best Years of Our Lives), and Miriam Hopkins (Trouble in Paradise) play a trio of Americans in Paris who enter into a very adult “gentleman’s” agreement, in this continental pre-Code comedy freely adapted by Ben Hecht (Notorious) from a play by Noël Coward (Brief Encounter), and directed by Ernst Lubitsch (Trouble in Paradise). A risqué relationship comedy and a witty take on creative pursuits, it concerns a commercial artist (Hopkins) unable—or unwilling—to choose between the equally dashing painter (Cooper) and playwright (March) she meets on a train en route to the City of Light. Design for Living is Lubitsch at his most adroit, an entertainment at once debonair and racy, featuring three stars at the height of their allure.
The Clerk, starring Charles Laughton
Selected-scene commentary by film professor William Paul
Play of the Week: A Choice of Coward, a 1964 British television production
New interview with Joseph McBride on Lubitsch
PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film critic Kim Morgan
Still shockingly modern and just as charming as you would expect from a movie based on a Noel Coward play.Published 6 months ago by Carny Asada
One of the best movies ever! Gary Cooper and Fredric March are at their prime! Miriam Hopkins is delightful! A wonderful love triangle! Read morePublished 11 months ago by Bob Fartsworthy
Shocking subject matter for it's time. I love Gary Cooper films but wasn't expecting something quite so "racy". Read morePublished 12 months ago by kattonelouie
This was a really smart movie and I avoided it for years, being a Noel Coward fan. But it's weird, it's almost better than Coward. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Addison Dewit
This is a good romantic comedy from the 1930s.
If you have not seen any of the talkies produced before 1934; the year when censorship took root in the US, this is a... Read more
"Design for Living," (1933), is another pre-World War II, pre-Hays code Hollywood classic, a brisk, sophisticated 91 minute black and white romantic comedy. Read morePublished on February 1, 2013 by Stephanie De Pue